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Spring Football - Day 8 Practice Wrap

Washington began their third week of spring football with a lot of fundamentals work, but there were still some noteworthy things that happened during their two-hour practice on Monday...

The biggest news was the fact that QB Jake Browning got more work in during the extended 7v7 period about midway through practice.

His first throw was a rather innocuous dump off to a tight end, but on his second throw, the junior-to-be went through his reads and uncorked a long pass down the sideline that hit WR Chico McClatcher right in stride for a 45-yard touchdown with Taylor Rapp and Byron Murphy in coverage.

Browning threw several more where he aired it out including one that should have been picked off by Ezekiel Turner.

When the team went to 11v11 work, Browning stepped aside as K.J. Carta-Samuels got most of the work with the first unit and then Daniel Bridge-Gadd stepped in with the second and third group.

Carta-Samuels had his moments, including a long completion to Dante Pettis with Murphy in coverage down the sidelines and he also made a nice read where he rolled right to avoid the rush and found TE Drew Sample for a nice gain right on the sideline.

The junior also had some not-so-great moments including a pass across the middle into triple-coverage that was easily picked off by LB Azeem Victor.

Bridge-Gadd continued his strong performance this spring as he made a nice long throw down the middle to walk-on wideout Max Richmond who had gotten behind the defense for a touchdown.

While he still makes some young mistakes, Bridge-Gadd has shown quite a bit of poise and seems to go through his progressions very quickly.

When it comes to the offensive line, the same groupings are still handling most of the work.

The first team offensive line is comprised of Trey Adams (LT), Andrew Kirkland (LG), Coleman Shelton (C), Nick Harris (RG) and Kaleb McGary (RT) while the second unit is Jared Hilbers (LT), Henry Roberts (LG), Matt James (C), Jesse Sosebee (RG) and Devin Burleson (RT).

Luke Wattenberg, who missed most of last week while nursing an undisclosed injury, was back working with the team and getting reps when the third unit was on the field.

Defensively, the secondary got a boost with JoJo McIntosh back after missing most of last week with an injury. He and Rapp were the starting safeties while Myles Bryant got a majority of the work with the first unit as the nickel corner.

Also worth noting was that Isaiah Gilchrist, who had been handling a lot of nickel corner work, actually moved outside to play as a true corner with the second team.

DL Vita Vea, LB Myles Rice and DL Jared Pulu each got consistent pressure during 11v11 work, but the one "sack" that we saw came when Jusstis Warren came off the edge and got to Bridge-Gadd for a seven-yard loss.

Benning Potoa'e wore a yellow "no contact" jersey on the day, but he was still taking part in most of the team and position drills.

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Visitors: 2018 commits, Bothell (Wa.) QB Jacob Sirmon and Mission Viejo (Ca.) WR Austin Osborne, were both at practice. Gary Pettis, Dante Pettis' dad, was in town with the Astros (who play the Mariner's this week) was there for the entire practice and Bothell head coach Tom Bainter and O'Dea head coach Monte Kohler were there as well.

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Out: DL Greg Gaines; WR K.J. Young; P Van Soderberg; LB DJ Beavers, CB Brandon Lewis; LB Connor O'Brien; LB Ben Burr-Kirven; TE Michael Neal and WR Nik Little.


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